Misplaced (Joined Book Two) by Mara Gan – Review by Sarah Oakes

Misplaced: Joined: Book TwoMisplaced: Joined: Book Two by Mara Gan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read about theft. Meda wakes up on a beach with no memories except her name. She tries to make a life for herself on an unfamilair world and ends up stealing to make ends meet. In her own way, she does what she can to help those in need under a corrupt and tyrannical Prince. But can her meddlesome ways keep her out of trouble or will she end up in danger?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns. Well developed characters like Meda as brave and bold but kind underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the concerned Kako or the enigmatic Kyrios.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the white beaches and grass and blue sky in the sun drawing the reader in with exotic beauty. Or the volcano inside the island under the clear sky with the sound of the birds as fantastical yet serene, wonderfully written. Or with the market on the island later on full of life and people with the food and wares with their sights and sounds and smells so vivid its as if you’re actually there.
A great example of world building with a fantasy world with its own geography and history, full of life and colour. The first person narrative worked well to display Meda’s journey to find herself again. I also loved the use of Greek mythology with characters true to their origins and given the respect they deserve, with some new perspectives on characters like Medusa that were a lovely touch. The only issue I would raise is that it felt slow to start. It also had lot sof long sentences making it hard to read which could be resolved with a variety of sentence lengths. Overall, a great read and I would give it four stars.

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